Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ralph, I Love You, But You're Kidding, Right?


I love Ralph Lauren's designs. They are classic, urban and pure Americana. But I think the Ralph Lauren company went overboard with reshaping model Fillipa Hamilton’s figure via photoshop for their recent marketing campaign.

Take a look and see the impossible body proportions.

I understand that designers think clothes looks better framed on thin figures, but promoting such unrealistic body images does great harm.

What do you think?



Update From Ralph Lauren Company :"For over 42 years we have built a brand based on quality and integrity. After further investigation, we have learned that we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman's body. We have addressed the problem and going forward will take every precaution to ensure that the caliber of our artwork represents our brand appropriately."




40 comments:

Sharon S. said...

To put it bluntly, I think this model is gross. She looks anorexic at best and it is disturbing that girls (and women) try to emulate this figure. For shame on any company that promotes this in an ad campaign.
Now, bring in the voluptuous Dove models...

Grumpy Old Man said...

Creepy and horrible.

Lisa Marie said...

This was on Nightline last night, and it was crazy when they talked about just how disproportionate it was.

Even though this is egregiously overdone, I am pleased to see many companies stepping away from the super skinny to the more modern body shape. Dove being the biggest to stand out. Kudos to them.

Just Be Real said...

Totally gross! Totally sick. Sorry......

Xmichra said...

I sometimes think that the reasons for putting out such a distorted picture is some kind of sickness from who ever the editor etc is. There is skinny, and then there is clearly disportionate... if you can't tell, what does that say about you and your self image?

S'onnie said...

The question I have is are they going to redo the photo with a real woman and replace the sick one

Vesper de Vil said...

It actually looks really gross. Nothing about it I like.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

I agree with you. And to me this photo is CREEPY not pretty.

Casdok said...

Yes i also agree i think this does more harm than good.

Zan said...

This is just insane. Little girls will look at that picture but they wont understand that the photo has been tampered with.. they'll just see "super Skinny" and then they will go and look at their own image in the mirror.. and the cycle starts all over again..
It's insane.. absolutely insane.

OHN said...

I think Ralph should give me a call. I apparently represent the "average" women...you know, the one that eats chocolate and hamburgers and has a few areas on my bod that look like it :)

I am so glad I don't have daughters. It would be a constant battle for me to correct these ridiculous images, and I would be so frustrated, I would need to go get something to eat :)

Rairy said...

Its disturbing that the skinny models arent even good enough anymore. The rate of mental illness and unhappiness shouldnt be surprising with the culture of anxiety that surrounds us.

Dr. Deb said...

Wow, I love all your comments.

Wanda's Wings said...

No wonder there are so many eating disorders.

sayhealth said...

As someone both recovering from an eating disorder and an e.d./body image activist, I've heard *a lot* about this photo! One thing I want to mention is that she does *not* look anorexic. She looks inhuman. Unless someone were to lose some ribs/bones, no one could look like that, regardless of how little they weighed. This goes well beyond unhealthily skinny to, frankly, alien.

And, images like this do not *cause* eating disorders. They may perpetuate eating disorders; they may reinforce eating disorders, but they do not *cause* them. Eating disorders are incredibly complex illnesses that have multiple causes that go far beyond wanting to look like an unrealistic ideal, though I understand how it may look that way on the surface.

Also, I was struck by the statement that clothes look better on thin figures. Sure, *some* clothing does. But if clothing was made for people with a range of body types, they would look good on a range of figures!

phd in yogurtry said...

And here I thought it was Brooke Shields.

By day I am increasingly frustrated and horrified at the fashion industry's ridiculous emphasis on thin. Irresponsible and dangerous.

Clothes may look better on tall, thin models, but enough already. Accept the REAL challenge of outfitting regular shaped women (men too, for that matter) instead of relying on the same rail thin form.

Ms.L said...

That is crazy!
I'd much rather be in my curvy round size 12 than that freakish thing!

CrackerLilo said...

Wow, where would a woman store her vital organs with a body like that?!?!

I saw RL's lame "apology," and hope they at least understand that this nonsense won't sell to women.

Tracy said...

Ugggg she looks sick. Not healthy at all. My sons over the summer were having a conversation about this very thing. They like girls who have some shape to them. Meaning not thin. They also said the same was true with all there guy friends. In fact if a girl is under weight they are not attracted to her at all.

Kahless said...

I think it is disgusting, in every sense.

Raine said...

When do you wanna hook up the feeding tube?

Deb said...

This only promotes more eating disorders for young ladies out there trying to "fit in". No pun intended.

Carlos said...

The first thought that came to mind when I saw that image was, "Ewwwwwwww, gross!!!"

jumpinginpuddles said...

ugggh she looks all out of proportion

STAG said...

This was a mistake right? An image was improperly resized?
But I fear it was planned.

Battle Weary said...

There s more to the story...the model in the doctored image was fired by RL for being overweight (at 5'10" 120 lbs), six months ago!

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/was-the-photoshopped-ralph-lauren-model-fired-for-being-overweight-525248/

Clueless said...

Unfortunately for me, I looked at it and was taken aback, but then I started admiring parts of her body. Due to medical issues I've gained 70 pounds during this past year. I am anorexic and feel horribly grotesque (?). From a 00 to a 12 or from 24 to 32 all in a year.

This type of touch up helps me to focus on my weight and image even more...it can be painful. I also is a shame what it does to young girls who are being diagnosed with eating disorders at an increasingly lower age.

Sarah said...

"I think there is beauty in all shapes and sizes, but designers believe their designs look best on thin models."

I wonder what kind of indoctrination process they go through in design school. Aren't these supposed to be creative people? How brainwashed are they, that they cannot see what is so obvious to you and me? That _healthy women_ are beautiful, and well-designed clothing brings out that natural beauty!

If they can't design the clothes to fit the woman, they must not be all that creative.

Not to mention that by adjusting the woman to fit the clothes, they are missing the whole point of clothes. What a bizzaro world.

camo said...

First of all, the picture looks incredibly disturbing to me. What kind of alien is that anyway? Second of all, if designers think their designs look better on skinny models, perhaps they need to go back to design school and learn to design things that are flattering for everyone! Yikes!

Jade said...

Though I don't want to bash the model, I do thing that fashion and the expectation of womens appearence has become comepletely distored. Unrealistic and unhealthy. I think we can all agree on that. Or most of us anyways...
So... if we pretty much all agree that its unattractive and unhealthy..why does it still seem like such a goal to so many?

Tiptoe said...

I think the most disturbing/ironic thing of all is that this model got fired by Ralph Lauren for being "overweight."

http://jezebel.com/5381381/ralph-lauren-fires-photoshopped-model-for-being-too-fat

Heidi said...

Ralph Lauren and Company should be ashamed for this...Whether they aplogized or not it's done and won't be forgotten.

Belizegial said...

I'm sure that Ralph is too busy trying to sell his products to care one way or the other. We need to speak to our girls one-on-one in our own homes to ensure their mental well-being and health.

Big Brother said...

Photoshop gone wild, at least they didN't starve her to get that look. ;Op

mrwriteon said...

That look -- vintage Dachau? -- is just plain creepy.

Anonymous said...

I think the body of the model resembles a male body proportions rather than female... broad shoulders, narrow hips... now why would designers want girls to look like boys??!!

Id it is said...

So long as we need a Ralph Lauren or a Calvin Klein to define feminine beauty these kinds of distortions and misrepresentations will always exist. A woman needs to figure out her personal definition of beauty and be able to live by it even if it's a man's world that she inhabits :)
As always a meaningful post Deb!

Shen said...

Oh my god that is absolutely awful. As the mother of two daughters - ages 13 and 21 - I am horrified by images like this.

tracy said...

i know this won't go over well at all, but God, i wish i looked like her!

And hey, there's another tracy out there....hi Tracy! Saw you pic, wish i were pretty like you! :)

tracy said...

Hey, Tracy....We both live in Virginia....how weird is that! Cool.